To Claim or Not to Claim?

I did my usual biking route this morning, starting and ending at the swamp parking lot. I do like that bike trail! And this way is easy on the feet.

I saw two different nests occupied by Great Blue Herons today, one at the small rookery down by the river and one in the swamp. The swamp bird was even picking at branches. Claiming the nest or just resting there on a nice day?

There were a lot of white birds in the large Perry’s Field marsh. Stacy has dropped it down a bit, and more mud flats are exposed. Whether that had anything to do with the number of birds there, I don’t know. Also some Tri-Color and GBH along with ducks, Ibis, and an occasional Wood Stork.

Juvenile Ibis
Tri-Colored Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret

And, this little guy who loves to sit on trunks.

I found a new spot to sit that overlooks the big marsh. It seems to be on a natural flyway between the private cabin area and the boat landing lagoon. It’s a good view and a pretty good hide. I will be sitting there in the future trying to get a better shot of the Harrier.

I spend some time in the tower and saw one Osprey, but not close enough for a good image. Great view from up there.

Not much going on at the boat landing lagoon, but I didn’t stay for long. I met Brent who told me he had seen an eagle in the tree earlier. Plenty of GBH around these days.

The Peacock Cafe was serving up Chicken and Wild Rice soup, and it was delicious.

Up to the swamp and lots of ducks. Nancy MC posted a beautiful portrait shot of a drake Gadwall earlier today in the Audubon Swamp Garden FB page.

And this guy again. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but it sure looks like he means business. 🙂 By the way, is it just me or is there more fall color this year than most?

My calendar sales are taking off. You can order one direct from the Create Photo Calendars website: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/Birds+of+The+Lowcountry–Larry+Maras+Photography-1171353867

Or, if you are local you can order one from me and get a break on the freight cost. $20 including freight if you order from me.

That’s it, not sure if there will be a Thanksgiving Day edition or not. Have a great holiday and let’s see pictures of your birds!

Published by Larry Maras

Nature Photographer in Summerville, SC.

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